Tabonga 1,975 Member · Posted February 15, 2020 Share Posted February 15, 2020 (edited) I worked for a couple of years at the state (mental) hospital in Yankton, South Dakota. There was a really nutso doctor (yeah - sounds oxymoronic given where this was) who the staff referred to as "happy hour" (both as a play on his name and his goofiness) - the first time I met him was while waiting in line (with two ladies who also worked on the same ward) at the cafeteria. Someone tapped me on my shoulder and asked me what the difference was between a battleship and a pregnant woman. WTF - anyway it was this goofy doctor. I worked the swing shift and one of the duties that rotated (largely on which wards were best staffed that evening) was to drive a van to do errands (pick up clients who had part time jobs, workshops or whatever in town. And to pick up walkaways - who would leave the grounds without permission - they usually headed for a bar/motel* within walking distance and the managers would call us and let us know they had someone they suspected as coming from there. No big deal as they never caused any problem and they were quickly retrieved. One night I had this duty and got a call about 6 pm to go to the bar since they had someone they thought problematic - except that none of the wards were missing anyone so the front office had no idea what was going on. But they asked me to check it out anyway. So I drive over there and there was "happy hour". So I had to explain to the manager that "no, he wasn't a patient but one of our doctors" and that I really couldn't take him back with me. The only saving grace was that I had gone to college with the manager (we had shared some good times together) so it wasn't as bad as it could have been telling that to a total stranger. There are 8 million stories in the Naked City - this was one of them. What is yours? *As an unrelated (but historically interesting) aside, the bar/hotel was located where the tree that was used to hang Jack McCall (the assassin of Wild Bill Hickock) in 1877 once stood. Edited February 15, 2020 by Wandering Tellurian Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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